When Selena Quintanilla-Pérez performed at the Houston Astrodome on Feb. 26, 1995, she had no idea it would be her last. The legendary Tejano singer was shot and killed just over a month later on Mar. 31, 1995.
The "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" star was just shy of her 24th birthday when she revealed in an interview that performing at the venue had always been a dream of hers. "Because performing here has always been a dream for me, at the Houston Astrodome," she said hours before the concert. "Because I remember, I can't even recall the year, but I must have around 15 years old and Michael Jackson was here having his concert. And I thought how crazy, to be here in such a large venue and to be able to fill it. And I said to myself, 'One day I'll be there.' And look, we're here."
Back in October, a never-before-seen interview resurfaced of the late singer. In the 1994 video — which was discovered after a TV camera was donated to the Smithsonian by Univision, the parent company of a local news station in San Antonio who conducted the interview — the singer talked about winning her first Grammy award for Best/American Album for her album, Selena Live. "When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out," she told the camera in the footage. "We couldn’t believe it. The first thing, I promise, the first thing that came to mind is, like, 'I have to take a camera, so I can take pictures with all of these stars.' It didn’t hit until later, like, when I thought, 'Oh my god. What if we win?'"
She continued, "We went out there and they didn't let me take my camera in, that’s one of the things. I didn't get to take pictures until afterward. We were sitting there when they announced, I had this huge knot in my stomach, I was so nervous. And then they announced the winner!"
Selena made history when she took home her first Grammy as the first female Tejano artist to win the award. About two years after that fateful night, Selena tragically met her demise when she was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar.